Fake dynamite found near bank causes stir on Milwaukee's north side
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Police say their Hazardous Device Unit responded to the discovery of an object that looked like a bundle of dynamite, but was found to not be explosive.
The fake dynamite was found at about 8:15 a.m. in a parking lot close to a U.S. Bank near the corner of North 37th Street and West Villard Avenue on Milwaukee's north side.
An employee at One Day Reality thought he was doing a good deed when he found that bundle of fake dynamite in a home he was cleaning. Little did he know, police show up at his work Thursday morning.
Employees there are used to finding strange things when they clear out foreclosed homes.
But while going through one home in Sturtevant, Ronald Sargent noticed something, that at first glance appeared dangerous.
Sargent found what appeared to be dynamite, but was actually a fake. "I touched it. I knew it really. It didn't weigh like a real bomb," said Sargent.
So he put it in his supervisor's truck to bring back to the office and keep it out of the wrong hands. "Instead of letting the kids run in the house -- or some idiot try to get it and rob a bank, I thought I'll take back home and give it to the boss," said Sargent.
But then he forgot about it after doing some other jobs and went home.
When he came to work Thursday morning, he found police everywhere and the streets closed. A police robot picked up the fake dynamite and placed it on the floor.
Sargent's supervisor says he did everything right.
Police continue to investigate the incident.